The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad, has pleaded with the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) to call off its strike in the nation’s interest.
The appeal is contained in a statement by Ahuraka Isah, the CJN’s media aide.
The CJN made the call when he met with some national and local officials of JUSUN at his chambers to explore ways to mitigate the impact of the strike.
Tanko Muhammad asked JUSUN to call off the strike as the process of making the state governments obey Order 10 and various court judgments on the autonomy of the judiciary was being implemented.
“The unintended sufferers of this strike are better imagined. It has spiral effects, including on our children and on the federal judiciary, which is a lesser culprit.
“Ordinarily, I would say let me talk to the individual 36 state governors, which amounts to asking for their favours. But some of them would ask me to do 10 favours in return.
“This is why as a judge, I am prohibited from asking for favours.”
The National Treasurer of JUSUN, Jimoh Musa, who led the delegation on behalf of the JUSUN President, Marwan Adamu, said out of the 19 members of the National Executive Council, only three were present.
He said their president had an accident on his way to attend the meeting with Tanko Muhammad.
Mr Musa, however, agreed to table the CJN’s advice before JUSUN’s NEC meeting and consequently get back to him.